Journal article

Gendered Responses to Gendered Harms: Sexual Violence and Bystander Intervention at Australian Music Festivals

Greta Baillie, Bianca Fileborn, Phillip Wadds

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2021

Abstract

Bystander intervention has shown promise in preventing sexual violence in certain social contexts. Despite emerging evidence of pervasive sexual violence at music festivals, no research has considered bystander intervention in this setting. Drawing on an online survey conducted with 371 Australian festival attendees, we explore the role of gender on bystander intervention at music festivals. Findings point to significant gender differences, with women more willing and likely to intervene in a broader range of scenarios. We argue that responses to sexual violence are a collective responsibility shared by both women and men, as well as festival organizers and industry bodies.

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Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This project was funded by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and School of Social Sciences at UNSW Sydney, and the School of Social Sciences and Psychology at Western Sydney University.